Category Archives: International Fixtures

Shocked Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup

Italy fail to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia. This is the first time they have failed to qualify since 1958. They lost against Sweden in the first leg 1-0 and the second leg in Italy was a 0-0 draw. Italy’s keeper Gianluigi Buffon was very emotional after the game. Since then he has announced his retirement. Gianluigi Buffon made 175 appearances for his Italy in a 20-year career.

Italy’s board of directors will be upset with newly appointed Giampiero Ventura after he promised to make history with Italy (in a way he did).

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Ireland vs Denmark Play-Off Review

Ireland are left distraught after a 5-1 loss to Denmark. They had a 0-0 draw away from home and were hoping for a win with the home advantage. However, it did not go their way.

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Ireland opened the scoring in the 6th minute through Duffy and at that point would have had high hopes. However it all went down hill. Christie scored an own goal in the 29th minute leveling up the score and an Eriksen hat-trick with goals coming before and after half time. Nichlolas Bendtner scored a ‘salt in the wounds’ penalty in the final minute and Denmark will be going to Russia after their 5-1 win.

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England vs Brazil Review

There was an incredibly close faught game last night that ended 0-0. My only prediction was that we would see some goals and that, sadly, I’d not happen.

England played a very young team and they played incredibly well, with Joe Gomez picking up man of the match. However, the strikers did not deliver.

Brazil’s attack could just not find the net. Simple as that. They were massive favourites for the game and many were shocked that England held them to a draw.

England vs Brazil Preview

Tonight, England host Brazil in a pre World Cup friendly. It will be an exciting match to watch and I’ll take a look at what may happen.

England Team News:

With England ‘young guns’ firing on all cylinders, it is very possible that the likes of Solanke, Cook and Gunn could start. They recently drew 0-0 to Germany and will be looking the goals.

Brazil Team News:

Brazil have an excellent attack with arguably the best in the world. With Neymar as their main striker, there will almost certainly be goals. Coutinho and Firmino could start after a rest recently against Japan.

 

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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England Cruse Through Whilst Wales, Ireland and Northern Island Face Crunch Matches.

England easily make it through to the World Cup with 26 out of 30 points, finishing 8 points clear of 2nd Place Finishers Slovakia and also having an unbeaten campaign.

Scotland finish second along-side Slovakia, however, they will not be in the playoffs due to goal difference after failing to beat Slovenia in a 2-2 draw. It was a good campaign for them with 5 out of 10 wins, however too many draws left them without a playoff place.

Northern Island have made it through to the playoffs after getting 19 out of 30 points in Group C. With 6 wins and 1 draw, have to win their playoff game to reach the World Cup in 2017.

Ireland have a crunch game against Wales tonight and the winner will also be making the playoffs. In case of a draw, Ireland will not make it to the playoffs as they have 1 less point than Wales.

Wales have the playoffs in their own hands as even a draw against Ireland tonight will take them through to the playoffs and can even top the group if they win by two or more and Serbia fail to win. However, this is unlikely as Serbia are playing second bottom of the table, Georgia who only have 5 points.